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Slow Cooker Applesauce – Maple Sweetened

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On September 8, 2011 @ 7:15 am In batch cooking,Dairy Free,GFCFSF,Gluten Free,Healthy Snacks,Homemade,How To,Recipes,Savings | 8 Comments

When you “accidentally” pick 30 pounds of apples [5], you’ve got to do something…and do it quick! That’s a whole lotta apples to process!

One of the easiest things to do is make slow cooker applesauce. I intentionally picked a bunch of Golden Sup apples from the orchard because I knew they were a sweeter variety, and wouldn’t require any sweetener to be a good applesauce. I would have gone down the hill to get some of the super sweet Blondee variety that they had available, but I was too busy chasing a little boy around [5] the orchard…and never got down there!

The process for making slow cooker applesauce is fairly simple. Just takes a little time to get the apples peeled and cored. And I added a little maple syrup because I wanted a “great applesauce”!

Peel and core apples.

Get out maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon and/or ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves. (I used the baking spice mix from Penzey’s [6].)

Toss the apples with the lemon juice. Drizzle the maple syrup over the top. Sprinkle the spices.

Slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.

After 2-3 hours, mash with potato masher, then let cook for another 1 hour.

If you prefer a chunkier applesauce, enjoy it as is. If you prefer a smooth applesauce, transfer to a blender and puree.

Finally, enjoy.

This applesauce will stay good for 5 days in the refrigerator, and it freezes beautifully. It can be frozen in containers, or “frozen flat [7]” in plastic freezer baggies. The baggies will thaw quickly in warm water [8] too.

Sweeter apple varieties include: Golden delicious, golden sup, blondee, fuji, gala and honey crisp.

Maple Sweetened Slow Cooker Applesauce

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 25 minutes

Cooking Time – 4 hours in slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 12 sweet variety apples, peeled and cored
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon or baking spice mix

Directions

  • Toss the peeled and cored apples in the slow cooker base with the lemon juice and toss well.
  • Drizzle the maple syrup and cinnamon spices over the top and toss again.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 2-3 hours.
  • Then mash the apples with a potato masher and cook for another 1 hour on low.
  • Mash again, or puree in a blender.
  • Serve warm, cold or freeze.

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